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Anne Hillerman's Holiday Wine Picks

Award-winning libations from the Southwest that are sure to please your holiday guests.

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When guests arrive, I’d serve small appetizers, even a bowl of chile-dusted pecans, and Gruet Brut’s sparkling wine. It’s just like champagne; it has lots of tiny bubbles and tastes like green apple and grapefruit. The grapes are grown near Truth or Consequences, 170 miles south of Albuquerque. www.gruetwinery.com

Since the chipotle corn cakes are spicy, a sweet wine like La Chiripada’s signature Late Harvest Riesling would be a great match. The Johannesburg Riesling grapes are grown near Dixon, between Santa Fe and Taos, and left on the vine until the first frost. www.lachiripada.com

With the green chile stew, I recommend Casa Ronde"a Winery’s Meritage Red, a fruity Bordeaux-style wine, named “Best Red in the Southwest.” www.casarondena.com.

After dinner, it’s nice to sit down by the fire and have a glass of something. I’d suggest the St Clair Winery’s port, a San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition award winner. It’s sort of chocolatey, with lots of fruits, such as black currant, raspberry, and plum. www.stclairvineyards.com.

For a complete holiday menu to serve with the bubbly, see the January 2011 issue of C&I.

Santa Fe Flavors: Best Restaurants and Recipes by Anne Hillerman is available on Amazon.

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